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Saturdays 10am COMEDY 4 TEENS CLASS Times Square NYC
Saturdays 12pm COMEDY 4 KIDS CLASS Times Square NYC
Sundays 6pm COMEDY 4 KIDS/TEENS CLASS Farmingdale, Long Island
SUMMER CAMP 2018 Times Square NYC Starts July 9
WINTER CLASS SHOWCASES
March 17 (NYC) ; March 18 (LONG ISLAND) Talk to your teachers this weekend about specific times.
INVITE THE WORLD so all can have a great audience.
STUDENT APPRECIATION DAYS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Saturday March 24 Winter Classes; Saturday May 26 Spring Classes Open to all students and families from ALL classes for kids/teens
1pm Master Class with Walt Frasier, Artistic Director
2:30 PIZZA PARTY for students and families – The whole family is invited for the 3pm Show. We will get pizza. There is a 1 drink minimum/guest at the show. RSVP ASAP Family Name and number of attendees for the class and show. Tickets to the show (reg $25pp) and pizza are on us for all that have attended the entire session and their families. We ask all purchase a beverage ($5-15/drink plus tax/tip includes plenty of non alcoholic options) before show starts to go with the pizza.
SPRING SESSIONS Start April 7/8
PLEASE NOTE: In the past we have often lost students for Spring Showcases in June, so we will be running Showcases before memorial day with lots of classes after the 3 day weekend.
We may run a second showcase, if there is interest, at the end of June as well.
$150/Month (4 weeks)
$250/10-12 weeks of classes, performance and FREE tickets to professional show
When you are in school, every thing has a clear beginning middle and end. Each semester has that first day of orientation, followed by weeks of classes, ending with a final exam. Along the way their are lectures, class projects, homework assignments, term papers, pop quizzes, and major section tests. But by the end of the semester/year there is a clear arc. The next semester may or may not relate to this semester – except for math of course.
If you were to do a play in school, you have auditions, first read through, rehearsals, tech week, opening night and just a few days later, closing night. Then you are left with that feeling of “NOW WHAT?” or something we called in school “POST MORTEM”. It is that feeling you get when you go form intense 24/7 schedule to nothing and you grasp for purpose. As a young artist it is difficult to see past this next 24 hours.
THERE IS NO END TO PROCESS
As a professional every show becomes just another show. This is not to say they are not as special. But the more shows you do the more important you pick up and continue living. Same goes true with your material.
No open mic or show is ever the finished product. The process of creating new material, developing it and performing for a real audience is never ending.
I want our students to stop thinking of each class cycle as a time to create 2-3 more minutes of material that will be performed once on the last day of class and never again.
Instead think of every open mic session as a show, and adopt this process.
Every time you get on stage try something new – EVERY TIME! Never waste a second of stage time.
Before getting up on stage jot down a few things you want to talk about. If you have a routine that has been worked on for a few sessions, outline your work before getting on stage. Collect your thoughts. Maybe you want to work on some old material form a year ago and perfect it. CLOSE YOUR EYES and envision yourself succeeding as a comic on that stage.
HAVE FUN UP THERE!!!
Take stage. Attack the stage with a fierceness – even if your style is to be Steven Wright-ish. Grab that microphone and show us what you’ve got to offer.
The second you get off stage, then take a moment to reflect what just happened.
How did the audience respond to the material? It is not always about getting a laugh. Especially with new material. Perhaps you have not found the funny yet, but did the audience seem to care about your story? Did they react to it at all?
Remember, Open Mic sessions are not the best reads for material. The room is filled with other comics hopelessly worried about their material. So if you get a laugh at a Mic, right that down; but even if they look up and take notice, that can be something too.
DO YOUR RESEARCH!!!
Last weekend a 10 year old comic presented a potentially VERY compelling argument having to deal with Star Wars. The comic was on to a great idea, except the support for the argument literally was “THIS” and “THAT”. A couple things said were just not true. Working against him is the fat that he is 10 years old and I am a 45 year old Star Wars geek. That being said I told the comic I do not necessarily disagree with the basic premise of the story. About 10 minutes on google could remedy this problem.
One of the reasons I love stories about personal experiences and observations is that they are never wrong. This thing happened to you. As a comic you may exaggerate reality a bit for the laugh, but it is your personal story mixed with fiction. There is no wrong.
The second you start talking pop-culture – especially in today’s world of social media and comic cons, where geeks know WAY TOO MUCH about their favorite shows and movies and performers – you need to get your facts straight. How you interpret those facts – YOUR OPINIONS – is fair game.
Same goes true with history and politics, even in this world of #fakenews and #alternativefacts.
When you make an argument for or against a real thing, the facts have to be accurate. You can make bizarre analogies, interpretations and conclusions but make sure your facts are solid.
These days this takes 2-5 minutes (10 at the most) on google. Don’t be lazy.
At least have “alternate facts” that sound real for the sake of comedy. I hate this in politics and news media, but in fiction ANYTHING GOES. It’s just sad that politics and news media appears to be more like fiction every day.
These FAKE FACTS need to be totally convincing. It can be fun to watch an audience scratch their heads and wonder “Wait, is that true?”
Warning: their will be backlash from some, but some artists want that. Like I said above, it is not always about getting a laugh. As artists we have the ability to make folks think and feel. The emotion – laughter or otherwise – is what keeps most coming back. Many like to be challenged intellectually, though. Without the wink, they will see what your doing and love it. Always Be Creating!
But it all begins with process.
Always Be Creating: Brainstorm some new ideas every week.
Get yourself to an OPEN MIC or otherwise get on stage as often as possible to try out these ideas with an audience.
Continue to flesh out the ideas on stage and paper.
EVERY TIME you get on stage try something new – new material, new way of presenting old material, changing a single word for a certain effect, changing the pace/rhythm of the same words.
Comedy is more trial and error than scientific method, but like a scientist, TRACK EVERYTHING in your journals, so you can make educated strategy the next time you take stage.
Don’t wing it. Always have plan. When that plan derails due to the audience or other factors, let those moments breathe. Don’t panic. Just keep talking. Trust yourself and see/hear/feel what happens.
AGAIN when you get off stage record the good, the bad, the ugly. What worked? Bombed? What new thing was exciting to you and the audience?
The cycle never ends till the day you stop doing comedy.
JOURNALING YOUR IMPROV COMEDY
I focus on Stand-Up with this blog because it is easier to see the process, but Improv Comedy and Acting should have a journal process as well.
Every time you take stage, record the experience in your journal.
Where did the scene take place and how did you interact with your environment?
What was the relationship and how did you and your scene partners play that relationship?
What was your character? Is this a character you might want to try again in a different scenario? Did they have a job? How Old? How was this character like you? How different?
WHAT HAPPENED? Did you have a strong action choice?
PANTOMIME? Did you create a strong WHO, WHERE WHAT with your physical performance as much as your words?
Always Be Creating
Actors can double and triple their time in classes and rehearsals with a few simple journal entries. By taking a second to write down an experience that experience is melded to your memory core. Days,weeks, and sometimes years later, you will call upon this moment to support a new moment.
PS Remember you homework! Start every day with a smile. AS my students it is your job to make the rest of the world smile and laugh. NEVER wait for the world to make you smile. It will too often disappoint. But more of us making the world smile makes for a better world!!!
– EIGHT weekly classes in January/February starting January 6/7
– THEN because EVERYONE travels at some point, or we have snow etc We add THREE weeks in March, which includes a performance showcase for friends/family. These bonus sessions are only open to those registered for the full session, as they are focused on putting a show together on week 11.
– PLUS March 24 in the city we have a day dedicated to students in ALL our kids/teens classes with a Master Class with me and FREE tickets to our 3pm show w/ PIZZA.
– SO If students don’t travel AND there is no snow you actually get 12 classes AND a show ($25 tickets COMPED for the whole family ) for $250.
– ONLY added expense is there is a 1-drink min at the show (soda, juice H2O ok of course for all) if you join us March 24
Winter 2018 COMEDY CLASSES for Kids, Teens Manhattan, Long Island
Our classes for kids & teens include both Improv & Stand-Up Comedy training. By combining the two, students receive a comprehensive education in creative writing and critical thinking while developing strong community and leadership skills – team, public speaking, self confidence, respect, listening, focus, eye contact and more. Regular students – those signed up for FULL 8-week winter, spring or fall sessions – invited to perform at session-end showcases, FREE admission to bonus masterclasses classes added between sessions and get FREE tickets to public professional shows.
SUNDAYS 6pm LONG ISLAND 10-13 yos
LOCATION: 610 Carmans Ave, South Farmingdale, NY
– <2-mins from the Southern Parkway,
REGISTRATION: $40/class, $250 /Session
SCHEDULE: January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25
BONUS CLASSES: March 4, 11
SHOWCASE: March 18
TEACHERS: Evan Schultz, Walt Frasier
This class was started when a local parent organized a private group of students.The program is now open to the public with a growing group of 10-13yos. Great group.
SATURDAYS 10am MANHATTAN Teens 13-17 SATURDAYS 12p MANHATTAN Kids 8-12
LOCATION: 318 West 53rd Street, New York, NY (Just west of 8th Ave)
REGISTRATION: $40/class, $250 /Session ($450 preregister for Winter & Spring)
SCHEDULE: January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24
BONUS CLASSES: March 3, 10
SHOWCASE: March 17
TEACHERS: Liz Lord, Walt Frasier
These classes have grown from 3 students in 2010 to over 30. Now some of our students are in college and continue to work with us as interns and cast mates. Many are also participating in our online series THE COMEDY KIDS.
SUMMER CAMP 2018
We are starting to line-up Summer Camp options. We may be running for 6 weeks this year. All through July, and 2 Weeks in August
LIVE from TIMES SQUARE
The cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH delivers high energy fast paced interactive comedy improvised on the spot based on audience suggestions. Every 5 minutes the MC interacts directly the crowd and you decide what the next scene or song is about. Politics, Sports, your favorite TV shows and films and New York City itself all serve as topical subjects. Many games require the help of audience volunteers on stage to more directly steer the comedy pros. NO TWO SHOWS ARE EVER THE SAME!
Improv Comedy? Need some fun NYC Staycation activities? Traveling to New York this month?
Then check out EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH’s off-Broadway Improv comedy show at the Broadway Comedy Club in Times Square. Every show is unique as the cast creates original comedy sketches and songs based on audience suggestions. You might be invited on stage to play with the comedians and more directly steer the comedy.
The show runs every Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. For the week between Christmas and New Years, the cast adds a 3pm show daily.
Improv Comedy is a fun destination for theater groups, teen groups and families. Tickets are $25 at the door but just $5 via Improv 4 Teens
Sign up now for Winter Classes. Every Saturday at 10am 15-20 teens gather to play comedy games and present their original stand-up comedy routines. Not quite a teenager yet? No worries classes for 9-12 year olds run at noon.
Our classes for kids & teens include both Improv & Stand-Up Comedy training. By combining the two, students receive a comprehensive education in creative writing and critical thinking while developing strong community and leadership skills – team, public speaking, self confidence, respect, listening, focus, eye contact and more. We present 8-week programs Winter, Spring and Fall as well as a growing Summer Camp Program. We host private sessions for student groups and we send teachers to schools, camps, and community centers for workshops and residencies, after school programs and more. EMAIL for more information
WHERE: Crossroads Church of Long Island 610 Carmans Rd Farmingdale, NY 11735
TEACHERS: Evan Schultz with Steven Prestia
Evan, a West Babylon native has been with EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH since 2009. He has performed with just about every theater company on Long Island as well as years of work on cruise ships. Huntington, NY native, Steven, is a former student (5 years with our Manhattan Classes), turned intern, turned part time junior cast member member. Now in a freshman college, he performs regularly with us on Long Island and Manhattan gigs and team teaches with our professional cast.
Farmingdale Long Island NY Comedy Class
After 15 years of delivering quality programming for kids, teens and families, the cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH is expanding east. Public Shows in Nassau County are coming soon. But for now we are very excited to announce our first class. Saturdays 10am in Farmingdale will be great for the older kids an teens in your family. This class was started as a semi-private session for us by some fun moms and their funny sons and daughters in 2016. We are now expanding the roaster and opening the registration to the public.
Our classes for kids & teens include both Improv & Stand-Up Comedy training. By combining the two, students receive a comprehensive education in creative writing and critical thinking while developing strong community and leadership skills – team, public speaking, self confidence, respect, listening, focus, eye contact and more.
Bring these programs to your school, camp or community center. We have teachers all over the NYC Tri State area as well as assembly shows, workshops and professional development.
Are you bringing a STUDENT GROUP to New York City in the next year?
Are you a tour booker interested in student friendly Off Broadway Shows?
Do you run trips for NYC area schools?
Are you a NYC area youth theater group?
Then this blog’s for you!
EMAIL us your groups’ needs including estimated group number (students, teachers, additional adults), Prefered date(s) and special requests firstname.lastname@example.org
STUDENT GROUP TICKETS Off Broadway Improv Comedy Show, Broadway Classroom
EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH – AKA Improv 4 Teens – is an off Broadway interactive musical comedy show based on audience suggestions and participation. No two shows are ever the same. Every 5 minutes the show’s MC interacts with the audience looking for hot topics for improvised scenes and songs. 3-4 segments invite audience volunteers on stage to more closely direct the comedy path. Hosted by Walt Frasier (Letterman, MTV, Blue Bloods, Royal Pains), the cast includes professionals comics, singers and actors from stage and screen. The show has entertained 5000+ audiences since 2004 in Times Square and touring colleges, corporate events and K-123 schools nationwide.
THE BEST STUDENT GROUP DEAL OFF BROADWAY
TICKETS to Evening Shows (M-F 7pm, Su 8pm), Weekend Matinees (3pm Saturday, Sunday)
$60 VIP TICKETS include 2 drinks and snacks
$25 General Admission Tickets require 2 drink minimum
STUDENT GROUP RATE of 10 or more just $25 (min $250/10ppl)
– NO ADDITIONAL PURCHASE REQUIRED, NO ADDITIONAL FEES
– Beverage Included – bottled water, soda, juice
– Dinner Included – 2 Slices NY PIZZA
– OPTIONAL FREE workshop before the show
PRIVATE SHOW $1000 for up to 40ppl Show, beverage, pizza
Additional Guest $20
DAY TIME SHOWS / FIELD TRIPS (Before 5pm Monday thru Friday) – $600 up to 50 students, $12/additional student
– $1000 Up to 150 students
– Add Workshop $5
– Add Pizza and Beverage Lunch $8 (For daytime weekday shows, if we do not provide lunch, groups may brown bag it and eat in the theater)
Broadway Comedy Club
318 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
Just a few blocks from both Times Square and Columbus Circle.
1 Block Late Night with Stephen Colbert stage door
Less than 5 minute walk from all Broadway Shows
Don’t have time for a show, we have an amazing 90-minute workshop that is a must for any performing artist. We play a series of warm-up technique and performance games. We use Improv to teach character and story development. Beyond acting and comedy, Improv is great for teaching presentation skills, team communications and more. We use the same workshop to teach corporate team building, sales, service, management and professional development for teachers. It is our mission to deliver this program to teens and preteens to teach these valuable skills – often neglected in today’s core education systems – long before your students enter the labor force. These skills help individuals become valuable team members and leaders.
$500 up to 2 hours, 20ppl
– includes 1 teaching artist and space rental before 5pm
– a shorter version of this workshop included FREE in dinner/Lunch show options above.
INTRO TO IMPROV – This master class will teach a group of student the basics, often enough for performing artists to return home and start their own comedy teams.
MUSICAL COMEDY IMPROV – Learn a number of musical styles, develop stronger rhyming and rhythm skills
Below you will see students from our own public class program, as well as groups from Ohio National Guard program (2006), Touring Company at Wisconsin School (2008) and Walt Frasier at Queens High School with Mario Cantone and Eddie Brill when the visited our residency program 2010.
TIMES SQUARE – Broadway Comedy Club 318 West 53rd Street 10019
Saturdays 10am Comedy 4 Teens 13-17yo
Saturdays 12pm Comedy 4 Kids 8-12yo
First Day 9/9, Showcase Day 11/4, Bonus Classes 11/11, 11/18
DOWNTOWN – Greenwich Village Comedy Club 99 Macdougal Street 10012
Sundays 1pm Comedy 4 Teens 13-19
First Day 9/24, Showcase Day 11/19
FARMINGDALE, LONG ISLAND
Saturdays 10am Youth Improv Classes (Ages 10-15)
First Day 9/23, Showcase Day 11/18
Our classes for kids & teens include both Improv & Stand-Up Comedy training. By combining the two, students receive a comprehensive education in creative writing and critical thinking while developing strong community and leadership skills – team, public speaking, self confidence, respect, listening, focus, eye contact and more. We present 8-week programs Winter, Spring and Fall as well as a growing Summer Camp Program. We host private sessions for student groups and we send teachers to schools, camps, and community centers for workshops and residencies, after school programs and more
Starting September 2017 we are expanding downtown with shows & classes at the Greenwich Village Comedy Club 99 MacDougal Street, between Bleeker and 3rd Streets. Fall programming downtown starts September 24, 2017. At 1pm (COMEDY CLASS REGISTRATION CLICK HERE) we have a Teen Class that combines Improv & Stand-Up Comedy training. At 3pm (IMPROV COMEDY SHOW TICKETS CLICK HERE) the professional comedy takes stage presenting original Improv comedy based on audience suggestions and participation. The downtown venue is a quaint 60 seat venue, perfect for an intimate class and show, as well as private events. Like our Times Square home we can host private parties and groups sales for birthdays and more (Student Groups, After School Programming etc)
LMAO IMPROV presents an original show every time it takes stage. Using suggestions for the audience, the cast creates scenes and music on the spot. Many of the games require audience volunteers on stage. These are professional shows featuring talent from stage & screen. COME BE A PART OF THE SHOW. Sundays 3pm – Downtown – Greenwich Village Comedy Club Saturdays 3pm – Times Square – Broadway Comedy Club
General Admission Tickets $25 plus a 1 drink minimum WANT TO GO VIP? $50 tickets include the best seats in the house and the 1st round from the bar.
COMEDY 4 TEENS CLASS involves 8 weeks of training in both Improv & Stand-Up Comedy. By combining the two skills into one class, each students is exposed to a wealth of creative development and training. This class invites students of all levels. Some of our more experienced students volunteer as interns. Sundays 1pm – Downtown Saturday 10am – Times Square Saturdays 12p – Times Square for Kids Ages 8-12
TUITION $250 includes 8 weeks of classes, bonus make-up sessions, performance showcase and FREE tickets to our professional shows for student plus a guest (Additional tickets at a discount)
NEW – Sign up for TWO ($400) or THREE ($550) sessions at once and save (Or redeem for sibling/friends discount)
We will be presenting Classes Winter, Spring and Fall at both locations for Kids & Teens. And of course we will be back with Comedy Camp Summer 2018!!!
We still have our Times Square home at the Broadway Comedy Club 318 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019, between 8th & 9th Avenues. One block from the stage door for Late Night with Stephen Colbert. We have been at this location on and off since 2004 when it was still called the New York Improv.
I really loved our little group yesterday. Eclectic mix of students form both Kids and teens and even spring break camps (SUMMER CAMP COMING SOON)
We played a series of games all dealing with emotions. We discussed working emotions into our performance and I tie all that into dealing with emotions in the real world. This is form our new SEL programming at schools. Nothing new, really, but a refocus of what we have always taught. The results thus far have been very rewarding.
I tell all my students, you now are professional comics in my mind. For the rest of your lives, starting form this moment, it is your job to make the rest of the world smile and laugh. Don’t wait for the world to make you smile. Your homework everyday is to SMILE. Before you even get out of bed. Start every task with a SMILE. Even if you are feeling BLAH. It is your job to get yourself ready to rock.
Starting with the mask game, just pantomiming putting on a mask and performing that emotion. With a little discussion on how that feels. Some really struggle playing happy. Interesting, no?
The on to BUS STOP but really digging deeper into playing these emotions while playing a great scene. Like the car game we play a lot, each time a new player enters the scene EVERYONE takes on that emotion.
We then changed BUS STOP. Playing the same game but in different settings, from a principals office, to a zoo etc. This forced more choice on character and setting, offering new chances to develop WHO & WHERE choices.
THEN a game called Emotional Roller Coaster. Similar to Film & Theater Styles, while playing a scene the MC calls out an emotion and the entire scene changes as the characters take on those emotions.
We ended the session with a technique game – 3 line exchange, focusing on starting great scenes with big choices, adding now a choice about emotional state. We play this game at every professional rehearsal, using it to focus on a number of techniques.
Everyone did amazing work.
Next week (June 3) I plan to focus on pantomime a bit more. Physical performance. Using our imaginations to create new worlds and better characters.
June 10 will be all ab out MAKING BIG CHOICES – making bigger, deeper choices about character, setting and action. WHO WHERE WHAT in Improv
DROP BY Saturdays NOON June 3 & 10. FREE for students of our Spring classes OR $20 cash at the door
plus weekly/daily guest teachers from the LMAO Off Broadway, TV and Film.
Student Interns from our Teen Classes (2 plus years experience)
MONDAY THRU THURSDAY SCHEDULE
9am-10amDrop Off and Free time
Socialize with other campers, work on your stand-up routines, write in journal, take turns working on stage
10amMorning Improv Session
– Warm-Up, Techqniue and Performance games geared at teaching Improv Performance, Creative Skills, Critical Thinking (out of the box), Public Speaking,
11:45am Lunch Break
12:30pm Stand-Up Comedy Open Mic
– Share Stories from your own experiences and observations. We will turn those stories into original comedy routines by showtime on Friday
2pm Snack Time
2:15 Afternoon Improv Session
Continued Improv work form morning session
4- 4:30 PICK UP
Some days we interrupt this schedule and invite students to watch a show by our professional company. We host large student groups from camps all summer. It is awesome to watch the pros play and help demonstrate the ultimate performance goals of Improv training in practice.
9am-10amDrop Off and Free time
Socialize with other campers, work on your stand-up routines, write in journal, take turns working on stage
Run show with notes
11:30am Lunch Break
12pm Dress Rehearsal
Run show with notes
1:30pm Snack Time and Set-Up Theater for Show
2pm SHOWTIME Please invite the world. We want the students to have a big audience for their performances. The larger the crowd the more fun it is for all.
In addition to hosting our own summer camp, we host groups of 20-200 for shows & workshops all summer long.
SMALLER GROUPS book group sales at public shows.
Weekly Shows Saturdays 3p and Sundays 3pm
As of 5/15 the following added for group needs…
Wednesday July 19 1pm
Wednesday July 26 2pm
Happy to add more shows as need
$300 up to 20ppl SHOW & WORKSHOP
– Additional Students $15pp
– Add Lunch for just $10pp (Pizza & beverage)
LARGER GROUPS book a private show
$600 up to 50 students
Additional student $10
$1200 Up to 150 students
– Add workshops $5/students
= Add Pizza Lunch $10pp
Hilarious interactive Improv Comedy based on audience suggestions and participation. No two shows are ever the same as you tell us topics from which to create comedy scenes and songs. Many games require audience volunteers to more directly effect the scenes.
Via weekly showcases in Times Square and touring Nationwide we have presented over 5000 shows for K-12 and family audiences since 2003.
How about classes and workshops. Improv is a fun way to teach many valuable life skills
CREATIVITY – Creative writing, critical thinking
COMMUNITY – Team Skills, Respect, Listening, Eye Contact, Focus
LEADERSHIP – Public Speaking, Self Confidence, Self Respect